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PA Hospital Perspective, Economic Impact Shared During Federal Opioid Policy Roundtable

August 03, 2018

Federal and state policymakers received input from business leaders, local officials and hospital and health care providers during a roundtable policy discussion this week in Somerset exploring the impact of the opioid crisis on economic development in Appalachia counties.

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HAP Congratulates PA Hospitals Receiving Grants to Improve Care Coordination for Medicaid Patients

June 08, 2018

This morning, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) announced it awarded nearly $8 million in onboarding grant funds to increase efficiency in health care service delivery to Medicaid patients through health information exchange.

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CMS’ Verma Shares Vision for Better Health; Identifies Regulatory Reform as Key Piece

May 07, 2018

One of the nation’s top health experts shared her vision for better health care with hospital leaders.

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Financial Obstacles Preventing Some Americans from Getting Needed Health Care

April 23, 2018

A new consumer study indicates that many Americans fear the high costs associated with a serious illness more than the illness itself; only 33 percent feared the illness more. Survey findings also identified serious disparities; Hispanic and black Americans and families with lower incomes had greater concerns about medical bills than other Americans did.

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New Tools Help Patients Be Stewards of Their Own Health Care Records

April 05, 2018

Both U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Apple Inc. have recently released tools designed to help patients more easily access and use their health records. The goal of this easier access is to support enhanced patient-provider engagement and, ultimately, better health.

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Governor’s Broadband Plan Would Improve Access to Health Care for Pennsylvania Residents

March 27, 2018

Governor Tom Wolf has announced the creation of the Pennsylvania Office of Broadband Initiatives, a new office aimed at expanding high-speed internet access to every Pennsylvanian by the end of 2022. 

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Cybersecurity Continues as a Major Threat to Health Care Organizations; Preparation is Key

March 15, 2018

Two surveys released this week highlight the increasing importance of preventing, minimizing, and communicating—both internally and externally—about cybersecurity incidents, as the number of cyberattacks involving health care organizations continues to increase.

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CMS launches MyHealthEData and Medicare’s Blue Button 2.0

March 07, 2018

This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced two initiatives aimed at empowering patients by giving them access and control of their own medical data. MyHealthEData is an initiative intended to provide patients with electronic access to their own health records. Medicare’s Blue Button 2.0 is an initiative to provide Medicare beneficiaries with their medical claims data in a universal and secure digital format.

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Electronic Health Record Adoption Continues to Grow

March 05, 2018

In the United States, adoption rates for electronic health records (EHR) have continued to increase due to federal regulations and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services EHR Incentive Program. EHRs are powerful tools available to hospitals and health systems to increase the quality of care to patients, and reduce the cost of providing that care.

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Telemedicine Bill Gets Full Support in State Senate Committee

January 30, 2018

The Pennsylvania Senate Banking and Insurance Committee today unanimously approved legislation that would increase access to telemedicine services in the commonwealth.

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News Release: Telemedicine Legislation Clears Key Committee Vote

January 30, 2018

News Release:  Legislation to put Pennsylvania on track to becoming a telemedicine-friendly state cleared an important vote today. Senate Bill 780, sponsored by State Senator Elder Vogel (R-Beaver), gained unanimous approval from the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee.

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AHA Report: Regulatory Burdens Cost Hospitals $39 Billion Annually

November 13, 2017

A recent American Hospital Association (AHA) report quantifies the impact of regulatory burden on our nation’s hospitals and post-acute care facilities. The report, Regulatory Overload, details the cost to providers of complying with an ever-changing array of new and existing regulations that don’t improve patient care, but increase the cost of care.

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Report Identifies Opportunities for Providers to Better Meet Consumer Expectations

August 23, 2017

Kaufman Hall’s 2017 State of Consumerism in Healthcare, a compilation of online survey responses from 125 organizations, found that health care providers may not be meeting consumer expectations. As increasing out-of-pockets costs force patients to become more educated about their health care, and more sophisticated as consumers about their choices, providers need to make consumer expectations a higher priority.

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New KPMG/Forbes Study: Health Care Firms are Unprepared for Next Cyber Security Breach

August 04, 2017

A new KPMG and Forbes Insights report found that the health care industry is “elevating cyber security to a strategic imperative but at a pace that lags behind [its] desire to adopt digital technologies to drive innovation.”

The report found that during the past two years, 47 percent of health care “firms have had a HIPPA-related security violation or breach."

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HAP Member Hospitals Recognized for Leveraging Health Information Technology

July 17, 2017

The 19th annual Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems survey conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks recognizes more than 450 hospitals and health systems across the nation for successfully integrating information technology (IT) into their operations. HAP applauds the achievements of these hospitals and continues to support of the adoption of standards-based electronic health records and health information exchange. 

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